|Naan Movie Review|
Naan marks the debut of music director Vijay Antony as an actor and producer as well. Jeeva Shankar, who had apprenticed from the school of late director Jeeva has made his debut with Naan as director.
Karthick (played by Vijay Antony), who is a bright child has a miserable childhood. He spends his school life in a reformatory school for killing his mom for being unfaithful to his father. After a few years at the reformatory school Karthick sets off to Chennai to begin a new life with the help of his lone relative.
On his journey Karthick happens to meet Salim, a guy, who is heading to Chennai for pursuing his studies in a medical college. The bus gets into an accident in which Salim loses his life. As he is interested in studying Karthick then decides to take up Salim's identity to start a new life as a medical college student in Chennai.
Karthick (as Salim) earns a couple of good friends namely Ashok (played by Siddharth) and Rupa (played by Rupa Manjari) with whom he leads a good life. Meanwhile, jailor of Karthick's reformatory school spots him along with Ashok and addresses him by his original name. This incident inflicts doubt in Ashok's mind which induces a crevice in their friendship. From here the story takes a lot of twists and turns in the form of slew of murders. Karthick's attempts to get him out of the chaos forms the climax.
Pluses and minuses :
Jeeva Shankar has played his part in direction, cinematography and dialogues as well. As far as the direction is concerned, Jeeva Shankar as done a fair job in making a crime thriller which at times becomes predictable.
It is clear that Jeeva Shankar's cinematography is an inspiration from his teacher late director Jeeva as most of the scenes have been shot with good colors and realistically.
The screenplay is engaging (except for a few predictable scenes) as the director has maintained the suspense well and keeps the guess work going. The protagonist's brilliance being shown here and there in handling chaotic situations is another plus.
Other technical aspects to be mentioned is Vijay Anthony's music. The music director-turned actor has taken sincere efforts to deliver good background score. Among the tracks 'Makkayela' emerges as the winner as it has been choreographed and filmed well with slow sequences here and there.
Vijay Antony's performance is not the best, but is appreciable considering the fact that the protagonist is someone totally new to the department. The main strength comes through the characterization as the protagonist neither follow typical hero's style nor adopts a villain's mannerism.
Just for the fact that he had a bad childhood his dialogue deliveries doesn't need to be flat and serious all the time.
The climax sequences isn't convincing as it lacks logic, but when we see the 'to be continued' with dotted lines, it is sure that the director has sequel and answers hidden in it.
Naan Movie cast :
Vijay Antony as Karthik
Siddharth Venugopal as Ashok
Rupa Manjari as Rupa
Anuya as Priya
Vibha as Uma
Vijay Victor as Suresh
Shyam as Sathish
Naan Movie crew :
Story, screenplay, cinematography and direction : Jeeva Shankar
Music : Vijay Antony
Editing : Surya
Dialogues : Neelan K Sekhar, Jeeva Shankar
Choreography : Shobi
Art direction : Videsh
Stunts : Rajasekhar
P.R.O : Selvaraghu
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